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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Aug 1, 2009 4:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Does anybody else have this experience

It depends partly on how closely you listen and partly to what's there to hear.

If what we want is background music or entertainment, then we naturally tire of one band soon and go on to another. Most entertainment won't bear very much close listening; it hasn't got much depth. The forces that create it *want* us to always be switching to (ie, buying) the next new thing. The purpose of nearly all commercial media -- including most music we can access -- is simply to make us smile while being separated from our money.

This music is different, in that it stands up to years of close examination and had additional motives beyond making money.

I've been listening to the Dead since 1969 more or less continually without getting tired of it. The point of it, much of the time, was to raise people's consciousness and help them see life differently. "People come to be transformed," Mickey said once, "and we transform 'em." They needed to make money, too, of course, to keep the music going, but for most of the people in and around this band, there was a spiritual purpose. It was expressed in the jams, and the electric kool-aid, and the lyrics, and the ways many of them chose to live their lives.

Hunter's words, Jerry's exquisite leads, and the magic that so often accompanied them have never grown old to me. And with a virtually inexhaustible collection now available, I assume I'll listen to them with wonder and fascination for as long as I live.

So before you move quickly on to the next band that the media forces into your field of attention, or that merely excites your hormones, I suggest you put the headphones on and try to understand what the lyrics to Dark Star are about, or what the phrase "You are the eyes of the world" means to you, or what "Playing in the Band" is a metaphor for, or how Uncle John's Band is political. And if you get confused, just listen to the music play, because it, too, contains wisdom rarely found elsewhere in America.

End of sermon. I'm ready to be flamed by all of you friends who listen mainly to what Bob called the "balls against the walls rock-n-roll" songs...

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Poster: Grateful Rat Date: Aug 1, 2009 5:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Does anybody else have this experience

I wasnt clear.. Im having probs moving to my next group of grateful dead..although my center is alway Live Dead or Filmore..but neither of those since November.. this is painful but still great

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Aug 1, 2009 6:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Does anybody else have this experience

Thanks for clarifying. Makes me feel like a pompous ass (somebody here once called me a sanctimonious clown, appropriately).

Anyway, fall of '73, maybe?

:-)

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Poster: candleme Date: Aug 3, 2009 1:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Does anybody else have this experience

.as i life in the former czechoslovakia i never had a big choice than to listen to all the Albums i could get and be happy that i had them.no misunderstanding please,i love the albums but after i managed to get my 1st tapes in the early 80s another world opened up.and than i manged to get internet last year(yes,yes,this is possible)and now i am exactly the kid in the candy store.i can listen to whole show runs,compare songs by the year there were played etc.it is just plain heaven....and my heavily built up collection is in the closet,and i return only when archives are offline.i know that my good ole CDs wont run away,but certain stuff on archives can disappear.so i listen to the most i can as long as i can.Yeah,the 73 recommendation could mean tradin a vice for another.but what a glorious one and than you will discover jewel after jewel....HAPPY TRAILS

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Aug 3, 2009 10:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Does anybody else have this experience

i just filled a 300 disc cd book with all dead shows. i'm just going through the thing one show at a time. right now i'm on 8/10/82. pretty good show so far. my goal is to listen to every show i've downloaded at least once. i've downloaded about a thousand shows, give or take. i'll be busy for the next several years.

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Poster: candleme Date: Aug 4, 2009 1:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Does anybody else have this experience

yeah,thats what i am lookin forward too.studying the GOGD!!!A dream come through.....:)

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 3, 2009 10:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Does anybody else have this experience

dobry vecer candleme! mluvim hrozne cesky ale mam ceskou zenu. bydlel jsem v praze. pracoval jsem pro "rachot records" [dunaj, iva bittova, pavel fajt, atd....] vitam vas na forum!

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Poster: candleme Date: Aug 4, 2009 1:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Does anybody else have this experience

dobry den,modry dáble!děkuju za pozdrav a musim řict že pišeš česky asy líp než ja..:)přeju tí hezky tyden oslav na Jerryho uctu!!!TC,Franky

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Poster: spacedface Date: Aug 1, 2009 6:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Does anybody else have this experience

I have a tendency to want to call the tune, so set lists often dictate my direction. Gotta love though sandwiches/weaves. I'd like to understand how shows flow and energy builds and abates, but I'm still tasting haphazardly from different eras.

I've followed The Other One to the ends of the earth, or to the beginning just to find out how good Viola Lee Blues was in '67.

But skipping around too much does take attention away from learning a period better. My collection is strewn about and I still don't understand really how the music changed from 72-74 and why the band took the break. It just seems like 76' on lost something.

I only came on in the 80s, pre-Dark Eyes, after Jerry was getting pretty strung out and while I like the Brent era, the ending of the enterprise is still a bit unsettling.

So, your question is mine I guess.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 1, 2009 6:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Does anybody else have this experience

Hey GR--welcome aboard (I assume?)...did I gather rightly that you have only been listening a few months? Or did you just mean for that particular group of DEAD disks?

Always great to find someone that just got on the Bus!

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Poster: Grateful Rat Date: Aug 2, 2009 12:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Does anybody else have this experience

Tell,

Actually I am new to this site and this treasuretrove of Grateful Dead Musc...Like a kid in a candy store. I bought the first Gratful Dead record when it was released when I was 13..My favorite is still Live /Dead for the music and the memories of my activities when it came out. After discovering this site I see ive missed a few things in the interveneing years..Anyway..Here now great music and great people..Thanks for all your contributions I enjoy them. Pleasure to meet you.

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